The Lou Messugo Blog - life in the south of France from a British/Australian TCK's perspective, bringing you French culture, travel on the Côte d'Azur and beyond, expat issues and a little bit of je ne sais quoi all mixed up with a hefty dose of photography.
Hello, bonjour, bienvenue and welcome to my blog! As you're here, doing me the great honour of reading my blog, the least I can do is to tell you a little about about myself and what to expect in the Lou Messugo Blog. I'm Phoebe, a British and Australian passport holder, "from" no particular place with no "home town", a true TCK* expat, currently living in the south of France on the Côte d'Azur. I adore this part of France - and most of the rest of France - French culture and food. But that's not all, I'm also passionate about travel in general, so I created this blog where I can shout about all that, legitimately and hopefully usefully.
I run a gite (holiday apartment / vacation rental) called Lou Messugo (hence the blog name about which you can read more here) so I started this blog as a way of letting my guests in on my local knowledge in a bid to make sure they have a truly authentic, unique and enjoyable holiday. I wanted to let them know about interesting and unusual events, lesser known places to visit and explain certain idiosyncracies about France, French culture, language and food. It still serves this purpose, and I hope that people visiting France wherever they're staying, not just at Lou Messugo, find it helpfull too, but it's become so much more. I discovered that I really liked the writing side of things and not just the "fieldtrips" and research. I also discovered the whole other world that is blogging! When I set out, I knew nothing at all about blogging. I bought a few books and started to write. Along the way I stumbled across other bloggers and have learnt enormously from them. I'm still learning (hell it's taken me two and a half years to get around to writing an "About Me" section!) and as I do I find I'm adapting my blog to include more of my interests. If you look back in the archives from the early days in 2012 you'll see I pretty much only wrote about my local area and Frenchisms. Now I write about travel further afield, expat life and multilingual issues amongst other things. These are all important to me and my life.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: travel is my all abiding passion. I couldn't imagine a life without it and I started very young - I first moved country at only a few days' old! Since then I've lived in 9 countries and travelled in 60 (you can see where on my Pinterest boards). I've been an expat all my life, it is profoundly part of who I am and naturally influences my world view. I met my husband, JF (a Frenchie), in Hanoi, Vietnam and we have two boys who are bilingual and tri-cultural. I write about them sometimes and they feature in photos. They are willing and enthusiastic explorers of France and beyond. Together we travel lots and I write about travelling with children. It's something we've done since they were born and having kids has not stopped us from continuing on our quest to go everywhere, see everything, it's just changed it a little. To read a bit more about my travelling style and TCK background click here and here. To find out more about our bilingual life click here.
I hope you enjoy reading about my wonderful part of France and our adventures both here and elsewhere. I'm always happy to offer advice or answer any questions regarding visiting or living in France - particularly the Côte d'Azur - expat life, travel with kids and bilingualism so please feel free to e-mail me at contact(at)loumessugo(dot)com. I love getting comments, read every single one and do my best to reply.
family selfie in the midnight sun in Iceland
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* TCK = Third Culture Kid, for more information click here
Hi Phoebe . Loved your post on the pebbly beaches and I'm really interested to check them out!
Going on a Honeymoon to Europe ( Including Paris + a beach in France in Bordeaux, Nice , Cannes or Montepellier)
My fiance prefers a sandy beach , is there any place you'd recommend that got a nice combination of beach + others. And if the area got both pebble and smooth sandy would love to try and compare both
Hi Ace, if you stay anywhere around the Riviera area you can try out both pebble and sandy beaches. How about Antibes?
Great blog. My wife is French from the south and I am greco-italiano and we're living in Southern California. I've had this bug for the last year to move to the south of France anywhere between Cassis and Cogolin.
Have been there many times and love to travel. Have been to the south pacific multiple times but I think the riviera is special. Relaxing, beautiful, and not boring. And how could it be with Italia around the corner and Espagna on the other side.
heisann.... Interesting to read, please visit my summery travel blog... too...
We have something in common...
Great blog! Any tips for Iceland in late april with 12 & 14 year old boys?
Thanks Amy, for tips on Iceland start here: http://www.loumessugo.com/en/blog/entry/8-tips-for-a-family-holiday-in-iceland-on-a-budget then haivng read that click on the tag "Iceland" at the bottom of the article to find all the posts I've written. Swimming would be my number 1 tip for boys that age.
It's always good to read the 'about me' part of someones blog, I've read posts you've written before but never this one. I'm happy to 'meet you'! Hehe. How fab running a gite.... I'm going to check that out as I want to holiday in France with my family x
Please do check us out, we're very family friendly!
You're so well travelled and outgoing and that comes across when you type. You've a great personality for blogging and I'm looking forward to following
Thanks Ryan that's a lovely thing to say
I love seeing and hearing about all the places you have lived / visited - cannot wait for the next installment
Wow so much travelling, so many lovel places visited x
You have been to so many lovely places, I'm really enjoying reading all about them recently
Such a lovely and well written blog
Thank you Clare
Looking forward to reading more from you - we used to have a house near Draguignan when I was growing up, so know the area very well!
you should come back and visit again one day.
I can't believe you have travelled to over 60 countries! Now that's a passion for travel right there, I can imagine you have so many stories to tell! x
You are so lucky to have travelled to so many wonderful places. Your current place in the world sounds wonderful.
It really is wonderful and I know I'm lucky!
I have been following your blog for a couple of weeks and love reading it.
Thank you Mina
Your blog sounds great, I love France too look forward to hearing/seeing more. #allaboutyou
Nice to meet you! I have been commenting on your blog and yet this is the only time that I really get to know you =) #MyExpatFamily
Happy to have you here Merlinda, glad you feel you know me a bit more now.
Hi, I love how blogs can evolve to suit your interests. Travel is my obsession too - I just wish I could win the lottery to fund it. In the meantime I'll have to put up with reading other travel blogs instead! I look forward to reading more about life in France. x
I love reading other travel blogs to get inspiration for future trips. It's a great way to travel vicariously when the moment isn't right in your own life to head off. Thanks for commenting and happy to have you along for the ride.
Love your intro.
Wow... You guys have been ALL OVER the place! ...And still so many more places to visit ;-)
What a fantastic resource for your guests and beautiful insight to life in France for the rest of us. We have friends outside Nice. What a stunning place to live.
Whereabouts do your friends live Steph? It certainly is a gorgeous place to live, we're very lucky!
Really interesting - particularly the info about the TCK. Thanks for a great read #AllAboutYou
I'm glad you found it interesting Lisa, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.
Great to meet you and your family! What a beautiful part of the world to live in, too. We may actually be visiting your stomping ground early next summer, as we have a wedding near Nice to go to! So I might get in touch about accommodation at some point In the meantime, I look forward to reading more about your adventures.
I'd love it if you stayed at Lou Messugo Eline, please do get in touch.
Your family look beautiful and you are certainly in a very special part of the world!
Hello and thanks for the headsup about #myexpatfamily One day we will get down to see your beautiful corner of France for ourselves. Traveling in France is one of my passions too.
I look forward to that day Jacqui!
Oh, I'm so glad you linked this! Lovely to find out more about you - I love your approach and passion, fabulous! #myexpatfamily
You will definitely see me in the coming year...we have always wanted to come to Nice and look forward to seeing your place. Traveling with kids is such a beautiful gift to give them, the world is beautiful and even more beautiful seeing it with them! Xo from Germany
Oh that's great Adriana, it would be wonderful if you came to Lou Messugo and we got to meet! I really hope you do.
Ahhh Phoebe your expat enthusiasm is dreamy!! I love how much you love it, I can truly feel it reading this!!! So wonderful to pass on that amazing expat dream to your kids!! Such a wonderful gift to give to our kids
So happy to have you on board with #myexpatfamily
Thanks for your lovely comment Chantelle, glad I could participate in your fun linky!
Fascinating, and good to know what JF looks like close up. How come you did so much travelling as a child? Were your parents, journalists, or hippies, or something?
Hippies! Quite the other end of the spectrum! International spies....probably
Thanks for the biog. phoebe. Your enthusiasm for life shines through. What a handsome husband and boys you have, not bad yourself either.
Thank you Catherine! I think they're a pretty good looking bunch too!!